Newcastle Cathedral to Host Exhibition by Artists in Recovery from Addiction

Posted on: September 8th, 2018

Newcastle Cathedral is set to host an exhibition showcasing work by artists in recovery from addiction to drugs, alcohol and harmful behaviours.

 The exhibition, entitled ‘AiR at the Cathedral’, is organised by Newcastle based not for profit Community Interest Company, Artists in Recovery, and runs from Saturday 8th to Saturday 29th September 2018.

The exhibition, which is free to attend and open to all, is spread throughout the Cathedral and features sculpture, painting, photography, digital art and sound installations. There will be a video installation featuring artists interviews describing what recovery means to them and what part art has played in their recovery process.

A VIP launch evening is also being held at the Cathedral on Wednesday 12th September to mark the official opening of the exhibition. Friends, family and press are cordially invited and there will be an opportunity to carry out interviews and speak with a wide range of people whose lives have been affected by addiction either personally or through family or friends. The event also provides opportunities for those seeking information or advice regarding addiction.

During the two week long exhibition, Artists in Recovery volunteer guides will be available for questions and can signpost those who are suffering or worried about a loved one to community groups and projects aimed at recovery from addiction.

Newcastle Cathedral has been very enthusiastic and accommodating in inviting AiR (Artists in Recovery) to make use of their incredible space. The Cathedral understands that addiction is a substantial problem in the North East and hopes that by collaborating with AiR it can raise the profile of recovery and place the Cathedral at the centre of significant issues affecting its community.

The Venerable Geoff Miller, Acting Dean of Newcastle, said: “This is a really special collaboration for us. We fully support groups who come together in this way to give each other comfort and practical support to face their challenges. The Cathedral is deeply proud to be able to host the Artists in Recovery exhibition and we hope that all our visitors enjoy the fabulous artwork on display, appreciating the challenge and journey which lies behind each piece.”

The Venerable Geoff Miller, Acting Dean of Newcastle, with artists Kirsten Murray Borbjerg and Si Turner

The Venerable Geoff Miller, Acting Dean of Newcastle, with artists Kirsten Murray Borbjerg and Si Turner

The AiR exhibition is open to the public at all times during Cathedral opening hours. The Cathedral is open from 7am-6pm on weekdays, 8am-4pm on Saturdays and 8am-5pm on Sundays. The exhibits will be placed about the 15th century building and make the most of location and atmosphere. Both the Cathedral and the exhibition are free to enter and visitors are strongly encouraged to donate at one of the donation points (including contactless payments) to help the Cathedral carry out vital work within the local community and to help keep this historic building open for all to enjoy.

All artwork on display is available for sale by private arrangement with the artist.

Photo opportunities are available during the VIP launch evening. Please contact Mark Anderson (Director) or Sarah Lovell (Public Relations) for details.

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Mark Anderson, Founder and Director, Artists in Recovery, on 07494 117637 or
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Catherine Mair, Head of Marketing and Communications, Newcastle Cathedral, on 0191 232 1939 or

About Artists in Recovery

Artists in Recovery is a Newcastle based not for profit Community Interest Company which curates events featuring the work of artists in recovery from addiction to drugs, including alcohol, and harmful behaviours and helps those artists to promote and sell their work. Artists in Recovery also promote abstinence based 12 step recovery programmes. We are a Community Interest Company run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

We hope that our exhibitions and other activities will help the involved artists find an outlet for their work and the opportunity to learn, grow and recover through their engagement in the process.

We hope too that AiR carries a message of hope to anybody seeking recovery from addiction, showcasing as it does inspirational examples of the achievements of people whose lives have been blighted by addiction and are now in positive, active recovery.

We are always interested in hearing from artists who are recovering from addiction and would like to engage with us and from venues, agents and other organisations who can support our activities.